Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Creative Color

with Chris Orwig
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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Creative Color
Video duration: 0s 4h 28m Intermediate


Working with color can be an amazing journey, and in Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Creative Color, Brooks Institute of Photography professor Chris Orwig teaches a different way to create great color in photographs. Chris goes beyond the basics by showing how color can have a profound effect on a photograph's impact. He demonstrates adjusting color and tone to make images more vivid, changing colors, working with color saturation, cross processing, and more. The course culminates with real-world projects that utilize the techniques Chris has shown for creating intriguing and beautiful color photographs. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Bringing photos to life with curves and color balance
  • Using subtle color to create impact
  • Showing the effects of vibrance and hue
  • Creating distinction with color, black-and-white, and sepia tones
  • Adding imagination and personality to images
  • Using color and blending modes to add style to photos


Hey welcome! My name is Chris Orwig and I am going to be your host and guide on this training adventure and I am a photographer and I am a teacher. I am on the faculty of the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California where we are right now and it is a beautiful winter morning this morning. There is something amazing to me about color. What we are going to do is talk about how we can work with colors in Photoshop from a photographic perspective. What I mean by that is we are going to talk about how we can work with color in order to create images of impact. Now what exactly are we going to cover in this training title? We are going to cover a wide range of topics, but just to illustrate, have you ever looked at a photograph and said, how do they create those just engaging, compelling, vivid, life-like colors? We are going to deconstruct how you can create vivid colors in your own photographs. We will also talk about how we can saturate our photos and how we can do some advanced saturation techniques. Now that's not all we are going to do.

We are going to go to the other side of the spectrum and take a look at how we can remove color and then perhaps tone our images or add a cross-processing effect. We will also take a look at how we could change colors or for that matter, create maybe an edgy color and tone effect. Now we are going to cover all of this and more and my hope is that throughout this training title that you will pick up a handful of tips and tricks, a lot of information, yet even more. That you will be inspired, that you will pick up a ton of inspiration for how you can work with color and how you can make your photographs come to life by understanding how color works and by understanding how you can work with color in order to create more compelling photographs.

All right, well, we have a ton of ground to cover, so without further delay, let's begin.

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